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Maternal Mental Health in Uganda – Pathways to Resilience Webinar, 15th October 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EAT on ZOOM



Event Details

The School of Informatics at Edinburgh University and Makerere University are organizing a webinar to disseminate the findings of the project entitled “Maternal Mental Health in Uganda – Pathways to Resilience” funded by University of Edinburgh Global Impact Accelerator.

Considering your work on related areas we would like to invite you to take part, and to help us shape the way forward following project completion.

The seminar will take place online from 10:00am – 12:00pm EAT on Friday 15th October 2021.

The project was designed to kickstart collaborations that focus on increasing resilience to mental health conditions in Uganda. The aim was achieved through conducting;

  1. A rapid review of maternal mental health care in Uganda;
  2. Webinars for interactive knowledge transfer;
  3. Maternal mental health care data audits in two large referral hospitals.

It was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Scottish Funding Council through the University of Edinburgh Global Impact Accelerator programme. Key researchers included Health Informaticians, Obstetricians, Biomedical Engineers, computer Scientists, Psychiatrists from both University of Edinburgh and Makerere University.

Please register at: - and to provide us with information on related topics you would like to discuss. We will follow up with a zoom link and further information on presentations and the agenda.


About the Panelists:


Dr Maria Wolters is a Reader (associate professor) in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Her main research goal is to support people with chronic mental and physical illness live rich and meaningful lives. In this context, she is particularly interested in the ways in which people generate and interpret data about their health, and the language people use to talk and think about their health. She has published over 90 peer reviewed papers in Human-Computer Interaction, eHealth, and Computational Linguistics. She is on the Programme Committee of
the ACM SIGASSETS conference on accessible technology.


Dr. HK Namatovu is an Information Systems Technologist with special interest in the areas of Health informatics, Data analytics and Systems thinking and GIS. Her research is focused in women health, ehealth and health geography through an applied community and social research lens. The research takes on a highly participative design science stance, with focus on improving usability and usefulness while achieving utility of technology-based solution. Attention is on how siloed health technologies, teams and stakeholders within the health ecosystem can harness the benefits of technology to improve service delivery. Her research also aims to contribute to policy initiatives at national, regional and global spectrum and provide a framework for improving health outcomes contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 3. She has implemented a community-based system registered under the domain that bridges the gap between expectant mothers, community health workers and midwives while helping in addressing day-to-day antenatal care challenges faced by pregnant women.


Dr. Robert Ssekitoleko is a lecturer and head of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University in Uganda. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, USA and Honorary Fellow, University of Salford, UK; He holds a Master of Engineering Degree in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary University of London, UK and an Engineering Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

His research interest is in Global Health Technologies aimed at increasing access to effective, affordable, and easy to use innovative medical devices that can advance diagnostics, therapeutic interventions and disease monitoring in low- and middle-income countries. He leads a research team involved in design and research about devices mainly for improving maternal and child health, physical rehabilitation as well as general capacity strengthening in the medical devices.

Event Venue

Conference Room, Level 4, Block A, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) and Online